Derrick Pouliot, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 194

Born: 1994-01-16

Hometown: Weyburn, Saskatchewan

Draft: 8th overall by Pittsburgh in 2012









December 2014 – A rebound off a redirect by Pouliot was potted Dec. 14 at 3:10 of overtime by Adam Payerl in a 3-2 AHL victory for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins over the Hershey Bears. Pouliot, Pittsburgh’s top-ranked prospect, leads all AHL rookies and defensemen with 13 points, including four goals, on the power play. Mark Allan


December 2014 – Although tied for second in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scoring with 13 points in 16 games, the skilled rearguard was minus-three and was bypassed when Pittsburgh promoted Brian Dumoulin in the wake of an injury to Kris Letang and a suspension to Robert Bortuzzo. In his first AHL season, Pouliot registered points in the first nine home games he played in and is tied for the longest home point streak in the league this season. He continues to work on his defensive positioning, but if Pittsburgh needs offense from the back end, Pouliot is tied for the AHL lead with 10 points on the power play. Pouliot would make an attractive trade chip if GM Jim Rutherford deals for a skilled winger, although the Pens might still be grooming him to be an eventual replacement for Letang. Mark Allan


November 2014 - The mobile young blueliner’s seven-game point streak (two goals and seven assists) ended Nov. 16 in Hershey. His run was the fifth-longest in the AHL this season. Mark Allan


November 2014 - Playing himself back into shape after off-season shoulder surgery, the mobile blueliner is maintaining a point-per-game clip with the AHL’s Penguins. After missing the first four games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he compiled two goals and six assists in his first eight games of the season. He scored on a blast from the point in a 5-4 win over the Syracuse Crunch as the Penguins had a three-win weekend, solidifying first place in the East Division. Mark Allan


October 2014 - Pittsburgh’s top blueline prospect scored his first career pro goal October 26th for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-2 win over the Binghamton Senators. Playing himself back into shape after off-season shoulder surgery, the mobile and offensively gifted blueliner drove in a point shot on a power play. While he missed the first four games with the AHL’s Penguins, Pouliot had a goal and two assists in four subsequent games. Olli Maatta’s misfortune might be an opening for Pouliot with the big club. Although Maatta will play right up to surgery next week to remove a possibly cancerous thyroid tumor from his throat, Maatta will not be able to play for three to four weeks. In another week, Pouliot might have a chance to show what he can do in the NHL. Mark Allan 


October 2014 - Pittsburgh’s prized blueline prospect will begin his 2014-15 season in the AHL once he recovers from off-season shoulder surgery. The initial prognosis in May was a four- to six-month absence, and a return date remains unclear but he is skating with the team in a no-contact jersey. Mark Allan


May 2014 - Derrick Pouliot has had shoulder labral repair surgery, and will be out 4-6 months. This is major news and could have an impact on next season. Depending on how well he recovers, it is doubtful now that he starts 2014-2015 on the Penguins NHL roster. Seth Brisendine


April, 2014 - Derrick Pouliot has been named the WHL's Defenseman of the Year. He finished the regular season with 70 points in 58 games. He has expanded on those great point totals with an even better playoff total, 26 points in only 14 games. He has truly broken out this season, and is trying to guide the Winterhawks to a second consecutive WHL title. Seth Brisendine


December 2013 - Derrick Pouliot was one of seven defensemen named to the Canadian World Junior U-20 Team for the Championships held in Malmo, Sweden. Brendan Ross


December 2013 - Derrick Pouliot has been invited to the Canadian junior team selection camp, he is expected to be a power-play specialist for Team Canada. Not that this was a surprise, as he has been very consistent offensively throughout the season. Derrick has scored 30 points in 28 games so far for Portland this season. Seth Brisendine


November 2013 - Pouliot has met expectations so far in this young season. He has put up 15 points in 14 games while also improving his defensive game. Pouliot has also been selected for the WHL's roster in the 2013 Subway Super Series against the Russians. Pouliot is now considered a favorite to make Canada's roster for the World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden. Seth Brisendine


October 2013 - Derrick Pouliot has been reassigned to the Portland Winterhawks for the 2013-14 season. He will be expected to provide elite-level offense and improve his defensive game, while also being a team leader. Pouliot is likely to play for Team Canada at the upcoming 2014 World Junior Championships. Portland has lost a lot of defensive talent leaving Pouliot to pick up most of the slack so ice time will provide the offensive defenseman with great opportunities for a great statistical year. Seth Brisendine



May 2013 - Derick Pouliot was a key member of the Portland Winterhawks team that fell one game short of winning the 2013 CHL Memorial Cup. The blueliner led all defensemen in scoring with seven points in five games and was named to the tournament All-Star team. Brendan Ross


April 2013 - Sits in fourth place in WHL playoff scoring as of mid-April and the leader in defense scoring, Pouliot is breaking out on the score sheet. His confidence is very apparent. - Seth Brisendine


February 2013 – Pouliot continues to be a top defenseman in Portland. A couple injuries have slowed down his season, but when in the lineup Pouliot has produced. He has 38 points in 39 games for the CHL’s top team in the Winterhawks. He will probably spend another junior with a chance to make Team Canada’s World Junior squad, but will get a long look at camp. – Zenon Herasymiuk


October, 2012 - Off to a good start with three goals and three assists in his first six games, Pouliot is always looking to use his excellent skating ability to join (or lead) the rush. Rich Dillon


September, 2012 - Derrick Pouliot has inked a 3-year entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins Brendan Ross


June, 2012 - After trading Jordan Staal to Carolina for the 8th overall pick, Ray Shero announced the Portland Winterhawks defenseman, Derrick Pouliot, as the 8th overall selection in front of the Pittsburgh fans. He joins Winterhawks' teammate Joe Morrow in the Penguins' system. Brendan Ross


June 2012 – After putting up an impressive 59 points in the regular season, Pouliot added 17 more in the playoffs. He was also a plus-4 for the Portland Winterhawks who came within one game of going to the Memorial Cup, ultimately falling short to the Edmonton Oil Kings. Pouliot already has 43 playoff games to his resume and close to 200 overall, an impressive feat for a player that has yet to be drafted.


March, 2012  – Derrick Pouliot is an elite WHL rearguard often commended for his offensive skills, but he has a brash defensive game to go along with his scoring prowess. Likely to be a first-round NHL selection at the 2012 draft, Pouliot’s greatest attributes are his silky strides and calmness distributing the puck. He isn’t opposed to dropping the gloves either, posting three fighting majors in 2011-12. - John Canario



Fantasy Outlook: A
He is a little undersized at his position but given his array of offensive skills and knack for posting decent penalty totals, he has significant fantasy upside.


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